Alaska is a beautiful vacation destination, whether you are planning a honeymoon or a quick weekend break. Check into a country inn, cozy bed and breakfast, or a stylish hotel surrounded by stunning mountain views. Explore Denali, Glacier Bay and Mendenhall Ice Caves, get to know the attractions and museums of Anchorage and Juneau, AK, or enjoy the natural surroundings of a perfect wilderness lodge.
1. Tutka Bay Lodge
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Located near a majestic fjord that stretches for over seven miles, the Tutka Bay Lodge is nestled amongst rugged scenery and stunning mountains, and visitors can also explore deserted beaches and romantic forests during their trip here.
The Tutka Bay Lodge is situated on over eleven acres, and there are only six cabins for guests, meaning that there is an intimate feel for those choosing to stay here. There is a deck area to enjoy the splendid views, as well as a sauna, hot tub, and boat house. Popular activities here include guided excursions to view bears in their natural habitat, as well as both deep sea and freshwater fishing. Best Things to Do in Homer
Kenai Peninsular Borough, Kachemak Bay, AK 99603, Phone: 907-274-2710
2. Manley Hot Springs
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Known best for the privately owned hot springs pools, Interior Alaska’s Manley Hot Springs offers a surprise oasis near the end of Elliott Highway. The Manley Hot Springs community dates back to when John Karshner, a miner, claimed a number of the hot springs in 1902 as part of his more than 275-acre homestead and vegetable farm. Around the same time, the U.S. Army arrived in the area to establish a telegraph station and a trading post for miners was soon set up in the nearby Tofty and Eureka mining districts. Manley Hot Springs is still a small settlement today.
Elliott Highway, Manley Hot Springs, AK 99756
3. Alaska’s Capital Inn Bed and Breakfast
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Alaska's Capital Inn Bed and Breakfast is housed in the historic Olds Mansion, which was built in 1906 and painstakingly restored over a four-year period. The inn sits in a residential area of Juneau overlooking the downtown area. The guest rooms are furnished with antiques and period décor, but include modern amenities such as private baths, toiletries, whirlpool tubs, and wireless internet.
Breakfast offers local specialties such as Dungeness crab and Alaska sourdough pancakes. Afternoon tea and snacks are also available. In the evening, guests can relax on the lighted outdoor deck after a full day of exploring the city of Juneau and the surrounding Alaskan countryside. Things to Do in Juneau
113 West 5th Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907-586-6507 | 888-588-6507
4. Camai Bed and Breakfast
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The word “camai” means “a warm, genuine hello,” and that is what guests of the Camai Bed and Breakfast will receive. The Camai is the oldest operating inn in the city of Anchorage and sits in a residential neighborhood that is just a 15-minute drive from downtown. The inn features two-room guest suites with sitting rooms, private baths, satellite TV, and wireless internet.
History and adventure are all around in Anchorage and the surrounding area. Popular attractions near the inn include several history museums, The Alaska Zoo, and The Alaska Botanical Gardens. Outdoor activities such as biking, skiing, and fishing are all nearby.
3838 Westminster Way, Anchorage, AK 99508, Phone: 907-333-2219 | 907-230-9182
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5. Bear Lake Lodgings Bed and Breakfast
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Bear Lake Lodgings Bed and Breakfast is the place to be for outdoor adventure. This rustic lodge sits on the shores of Bear Lake in Seward, Alaska.
Guests can take one of the inn’s kayaks out on the lake to watch the salmon run, climb nearby Tiehacker Mountain, or hike a trail that starts right out the back door of the inn! Four comfortable guest rooms offer beds with memory foam mattress toppers, luxury linens, private baths, balconies overlooking the mountains, cable TV, and complimentary wireless internet. A hearty breakfast is served each morning, and ice cream snacks are available in the evening. Best Things to Do in Seward
33820 Bear Lake Road, Seward, AK, Phone: 907-224-2288
6. Black Bear Inn
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The Black Bear Inn is a luxury hotel located on the water in Ketchikan, Alaska. This five-star hotel features tasteful décor, including artwork by Alaska’s best artists, Sirius surround sound, a living room, library, kitchen, and a covered outdoor deck with a hot tub and fire pit.
Guest rooms include high-end features such as memory foam-topped beds, plush bath robes, private baths with beautiful tilework, sitting areas, free wireless internet, and views of the water. There is also a separate cabin available for guests who crave more privacy. Bus service into Ketchikan is available each hour, and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, wildlife tours, and boat tours are available nearby. Best Things to Do in Ketchikan
5528 North Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Phone: 907-225-4343
7. Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa
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Quality, luxury, and outstanding service are what guests will find at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa. Located in the Tongess Rain Forest, Pearson’s is the only AAA Four-Diamond property in the state of Alaska. Upscale guest rooms offer amenities such as private entrances, fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, free wireless internet, and views of the water or the forest.
The Inn also offers a complimentary breakfast, hot tubs, a sauna, and outdoor decks and gardens. Guests can use one of the complimentary bikes or boats to explore the pond or visit the on-site spa for a variety of relaxing spa services.
4541 Sawa Cir, Juneau, AK 99801-8723, Phone: 907-789-3772 | 888-658-6328
8. Talkeetna Chalet Bed & Breakfast
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Talkeetna Chalet Bed & Breakfast is a rustic 3-story lodge located on ten private acres in the foothills of Denali National Park. The inn offers breathtaking views of the mountains, including Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker. Their wrap-around deck and outdoor hot tub are the perfect places to watch the northern lights.
Three guest rooms and two private cabins are decorated in Alaskan décor and feature comfortable beds, private baths, satellite TV, and free wireless internet. A homemade Alaskan breakfast is served each morning. The inn is located near the charming town of Talkeetna, and it is a great starting point for many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and airplane tours. Best Things to Do in Talkeetna
26344 So. Wolf Track Rd., Talkeetna, AK 99676, Phone: 907-733-4734
9. Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast
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Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast features genuine log cabins deep in the Alaskan Wilderness. Hatcher Pass is located in the Matanuska Valley near Wasilla and Palmer. Two charming log cabins come with private baths, free wireless internet, and TVs with DVD players. Each cabin features a kitchen that is fully stocked with food so you can make your own breakfast each morning.
Breakfast items include cereal, milk, sausage, eggs, bagels, muffins, coffee, and more. Hatcher Pass is the perfect place for guests who want to immerse themselves in the wilderness. There are many activities nearby, including hiking and biking, museums, golfing, scenic tours, and gold panning. Best Things to Do in Palmer
9000 N. Palmer Fishhook Road, Palmer, AK 99645, Phone: 907-745-6788
10. Baranof Warm Springs
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The Baranof Warm Springs are situated around twenty miles to the east of Sitka, Alaska on the Warm Springs Bay, along the eastern shore of Baranof Island. The primary attraction of this mostly seasonally occupied, small community is the warm springs, made up of nine different hot springs featuring temperatures ranging from lukewarm to around 120-degree Fahrenheit. One of these springs was developed in a natural state, located against the Baranof River’s white water. The Baranof Warm Springs also includes a bathhouse for the public to use along the waterfront as an option for those who don’t want to bathe communally.
Baranof Island, AK 99835
11. The Silverbow Inn
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The Silverbow Inn is a modern, boutique style hotel located in the heart of downtown Juneau, Alaska. Guest rooms feature contemporary décor and modern conveniences such as private baths, luxury linens, plush towels, cable and internet TV, and fast wireless internet service.
The inn also boasts a beautiful rooftop garden with a whirlpool. A full breakfast is served each morning, and complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks are available 24 hours a day. Shopping, dining, and museums are all available in the vibrant city of Juneau. Nearby areas offer opportunities for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, glacier viewing, mountain climbing, and wildlife viewing.
120 2nd St, Juneau, AK 99801-1215, Phone: 907-586-4146
12. Glacier Bay Country Inn
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Glacier Bay Country Inn is more than just a hotel. The inn sits on 164 acres of land in the Alaskan rain forest just outside of Glacier Bay National Park. The inn offers special adventure packages that include activities such as hiking, salt-water fishing, bear watching, kayaking, and flight seeing to help guests get the most out of their trip to Alaska.
The property offers both lodge rooms and private guest cabins with comfortable furnishings, private baths, cable TV, and free wireless internet. Room rates include three meals daily, which are served in the lodge’s spacious dining room on the first floor.
35 Tong Road, Gustavus, AK 99826, Phone: 480-725-1494
13. Goddard Hot Springs
The Goddard Hot Springs are situated in the Southeast region of Alaska on Baranof Island, around sixteen miles south of Sitka, and can be reached by floatplane or boat. The hot springs area includes two modern cedar bath houses available for visitors to use and are a popular spot among locals throughout the entire year. The Goddard Hot Springs are considered to be one of Alaska’s earliest mineral springs known to European explorers and were originally used by Indians who came from miles away seeking the healing waters’ health benefits. The area also includes outhouses and boardwalks to offer easy walking.
Sitka, AK 99835
14. Escape For Two
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Escape For Two is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon adventure. Two private cabins with comfortable furnishings, kitchenettes, private baths, and views of the wilderness are available to rent. There is also a Yurt available in the summer months.
A basket of breakfast goodies is left in the cabin each morning, and for an additional fee, the inn’s staff will be glad to add special touches such as fresh flowers, chocolates, candles, and wine to the room. Escape For Two is located on the Kenai Peninsula and is close to excellent fishing and bird-watching opportunities and the Kenai Peninsula National Forest. Best Things to Do in Soldotna
49300 Charlie Brown Dr., Soldotna, AK 99669, Phone: 907-262-1493
15. Alyeska Resort
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The Alyeska Resort is the premiere destination for world-class accommodations in Alaska. The 304-room Alyeska Resort offers luxury amenities such as a saltwater pool and whirlpool, a full-service spa, high-speed internet access, a scenic tram, and beautiful views of the mountains. Rooms contain pillow-top mattresses, plush bath robes and slippers, complimentary bottled water, room service, and in-room Starbucks coffee.
The resort offers six dining options, including a deli, two cafes, and the award-winning mountaintop restaurant Seven Glaciers. Nearby activities include hiking, rock climbing, boating, golf, wildlife cruises, and dog sledding, as well as daytrips to Anchorage and to the Kenai Peninsula. Best Things to Do in Girdwood
1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587, Phone: 800-880-3880 | 907-754-2111
16. Kantishna Roadhouse
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Kantishna Roadhouse is located inside Denali National Park, so visitors who choose to stay here are signing up for the full Alaskan wilderness experience. The perfect place to get away from it all, this country lodge features traditional wooden cabins, and guests can choose from a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, or wildlife spotting.
In the evenings, you can relax and enjoy the views from the observation deck of your individual cabin, which is fully equipped to offer you all the comforts of home in a rustic setting. There are even spa sessions available for those looking to unwind after a day of rambling. Best Things to Do in Fairbanks
1 Doyon Place, Suite 300, Fairbanks, AK 99701, Phone: 800-942-7420
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17. Hotel Captain Cook
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Situated in the downtown area of Anchorage, the Hotel Captain Cook is well known for its luxurious rooms and suites that overlook either the stunning Cook Inlet or the equally breathtaking Chugach Mountains. The hotel is a great base for those who want to explore historic Anchorage, and there are museums, shopping, and dining areas within walking distance.
Guests who fancy something more low key might want to check out the Hotel Captain Cook, which is a home away from home for those who just want to spend some time pampering themselves at the spa or in the pool areas. There is also an Athletic Club for those who want to get in a bit of exercise, or you can just enjoy the local setting and views.
939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, Phone: 800-843-1950
18. Clover Pass Resort
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If you visit Alaska in search of some salmon or halibut fishing then the romantically named Clover Pass Resort is the perfect place to stay. Whether you are a serious angler who just wants to enjoy the Alaskan countryside while indulging your passion or a first timer in search of some expert advice and fishing tips, you will find friendly staff on hand to help out at the Clover Pass Lodge, and there are facilities to accommodate large groups and families as well as individuals.
The Clover Pass Lodge was established in the 1950s, meaning that you can enjoy more 60 years of history when you visit, and its location between the ocean on one side and mountains on the other only adds to its appeal.
708 North Point Higgins Road, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Phone: 800-410-2234
19. Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
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For visitors looking for a boutique lodge experience in Alaska, the Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge offers a cozy experience that pairs 12 guests with 10 staff, all of whom are experts on the local area. There are a range of activities on offer at the lodge, both over land or by water depending on guests’ preferences, and guides are available at all times to provide guests with a memorable experience.
Choose from activities such as hiking or fishing and reeling in some of Alaska’s finest salmon. There are traditional cabins at the lodge as well as fully catered delicious meals that make the most of the local produce. Best Things to Do in Homer
China Poot Bay, Box 956, Homer, AK 99603, Phone: 907-235-8910
20. Beachside Villa Luxury Inn
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The Beachside Villa Luxury Inn is one of the few waterfront inns in Juneau. This small, cozy inn features beautiful views of both the water and the mountains. All rooms come with private entrances, kitchenettes, luxury sheets, plush bath robes, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have private balconies, whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces.
A continental breakfast is brought to the room each morning, and complimentary snacks and beverages are available throughout the day. Beachside Villa’s private concierge service is available to help guests book tours for fishing, whale watching, kayaking, glacier adventures, and helicopter tours.
3120 Douglas Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907-463-5531
21. Talon Lodge
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Located in Sitka National Historic Park, the Talon Lodge promises rustic local accommodations with a luxurious twist, meaning that all guests’ needs are taken care of from the second they arrive. At the Talon Lodge you can expect gourmet food as well as fishing trips that include either salt or freshwater fishing.
Trips all take place in the stunning Sitka area, and many include views over the Pacific or the legendary Mount Edgecumbe. In the evenings the Talon Lodge doesn’t disappoint with decks that face the ocean where guests can relax with a drink, or there is a bar area located within the lodge main building. There are even spa sessions available to soothe aches and pains after a long day fishing in beautiful Alaska. Best Things to Do in Sitka
PO Box 6506, Sitka, AK 99835, Phone: 800-536-1864
22. Crystal Creek Lodge
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Crystal Creek Lodge, based in the Bristol Bay area, is a fishing lodge that prides itself on its fishing opportunities and tours, as well as its friendly service that has collected a wealth of accolades and awards over the years. If you want to enjoy some of the best Alaskan fishing then you can catch trout, grayling, and salmon here, to name just a few.
Fishing trips are held either locally at the Naknek River, which runs past the Crystal Creek Lodge, or for those guests who are feeling adventurous, you can take a sea plane and explore other rivers, creeks, and smaller streams in the area. If you want a change from fishing, there are also bird watching programs available.
46 Big Creek Road, King Salmon, AK 99613, Phone: 907-246-3153
23. Mission Lodge
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If you want to combine a holiday to Alaska with a fishing trip then the Mission Lodge just may be the perfect destination for you. The lodge has tastefully decorated private rooms that are warm and inviting. They also serve premium Alaskan cuisine for those who want to try some of the local fare, and there are fishing trips available with locations accessible by float plane.
Fly out from the picturesque lodge and enjoy stunning views over famous Alaskan waters and then land and spend a tranquil day fishing for local favorites such as trout, pike, and salmon. All equipment will be provided for both experienced or novice anglers, and with twenty years in the business, Mission Lodge certainly knows how to pass on their love of all things fish related!
Aleknagik, Bristol Bay, AK 99555, Phone: 907-842-2250
24. No See Um Lodge
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For a slice of the Alaskan wilderness in Bristol Bay, look no further than the No See Um Lodge, the surrounding areas of which are full of sparkling rivers that provide a range of fishing opportunities. Salmon and trout abound in the area, and you may also get a glimpse of some of the local wildlife such as brown bears, bald eagles, or red foxes as you explore a few of the trails that snake across the area.
The No See Um Lodge is known for being a cozy and rustic establishment on the banks of the Kvichak River and has been around for over 40 years, making them experts in the local flora and fauna, and a trip here is perfect for those who want to enjoy a traditional fly fishing vacation in Alaska. Best Things to Do in Wasilla
6218 Beechcraft Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654, Phone: 907-232-0729
25. Tikchik Narrows Lodge
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Tikchik Narrows Lodge first opened its doors in 1969 and has been a powerhouse of freshwater fishing in Alaska ever since. The lodge belongs to fishing expert Bud Hodson, and in the Bristol Bay area, you can fish for five different species of salmon as well as trout, grayling, and pike.
During a trip to the Tikchik Narrows Lodge you can visit the Nushagak River as well as the famous Iliamna water. Other popular activities at the lodge include exploring the local picturesque area, and you can also take to the skies by seaplane for an aerial view of the stunning scenery.
PO Box 220507, Anchorage, AK 99522, Phone: 907-243-8450
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Hotel Spotlight: Favorite Bay Lodge
Near the small community of Angoon on the west side of Admiralty Island lies Favorite Bay Lodge, surrounded by the iconic glacial waterways, snowcapped peaks, and dense forests of Southeast Alaska.
The area’s abundant freshwater and saltwater fishing draws travelers from all over the world every summer. The island boasts the world’s most dense population of brown bear, while nearby Chatham Straits offers once-in-a-lifetime viewing of feeding humpback whales. Many of the area’s most popular activities lie within minutes of Favorite Bay Lodge, a 12-room all-inclusive hotel, kitchen, and travel guide with services to suit families, couples, or any small group.
Favorite Bay offers 12 two-person guest rooms, each with full bath with soaking tub and shower, inland water views and unique theme and decor drawn from the area’s native wildlife.
Guests can relax in front of the fireplace or take in the bayside views from the Great Room, or head to the Loft to grab a book from the library or catch up on email at the guest workstation.
The Lodge offers special children’s rates as well as reservations for large family and business groups.
Reservations at Favorite Bay Lodge include daily made-to-order breakfasts and lunches, as well as four-course dinners at the Exhibition Kitchen. The kitchen prepares a menu of gourmet Northwestern dishes, emphasizing the area’s fresh seafood such as Dungeness Crab, King and Silver Salmon and Spotted Prawns. Guests can learn the craft behind the cuisine in the demonstration kitchen with techniques on preparing fish with classic sauces and desserts taught by kitchen’s lead chef.
Favorite Bay’s team of all-local, Coast Guard certified guides accompany guests on ocean and freshwater fishing experiences.
Favorite Bay’s remote location on Admiralty Island makes for superior saltwater fishing just minutes from the Lodge in waters teeming with five species of salmon, halibut, and rockfish. Favorite Bay provides all the necessary gear from bait and tackle to waterproof attire, along with a gourmet box lunch for the trip.
Freshwater fishing takes guests by boat to nearby streams with Dolly Varden, Cutthroat and Steelhead Trout runs, as well as seasonal freshwater salmon fishing, to fish from kayaks or canoes.
Back on land, Lodge staff can process the day’s catch for the trip home, with filleting, vacuum sealing, flash freezing and packaging in an insulated fish box.
Nearby Chatham Straits is home to humpback whales, killer whales, and porpoises thanks to the waterway’s rich supply of krill and herring, making Favorite Bay an ideal whale watching spot. Guided kayaking trips are one way to explore the area’s waterways and native marine life, with gear and packed lunch provided.
Trails through the Tongass National Forest offer scenic waterfall views, wild mushroom and blueberry picking and secluded picnic spots to enjoy a packed lunch under the dense canopy of trees or on the shore of a river or lake.
Just north of Angoon, Danger Point Trail is a 2.5-mile hike with views of the Chatham Strait and other islands among the bay. A local favorite for a morning walk, the shorter Cemetery Trail passes through a cemetery to link up with Danger Point Trail.
Guests can go trapping for Dungeness Crab and Spot Prawns along with Favorite Bay guides in the inlets of scenic Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands, with a sampling of the day’s catch prepared by the Lodge’s kitchen.
A visit to Angoon lends insight into the history and culture of the Native Tlingit people, with the 14 wood-framed clan houses lining the town’s Beaver Trail Road virtually unchanged over the last 100 years. The area boasts one the world’s densest brown bear populations, with an estimated 1,600 bears living on Admiralty island, and just 450 year-round Angoon residents. Visitors can comb the area’s miles of beaches for treasures washed ashore.
The Cross-Admiralty Canoe Route is a 32-mile canoeing and kayaking water trail linking seven mountain lakes across the island, with several Forest Service cabins along the trail for rest and shelter. About a two-hour kayak trip up the water trail, Hasselborg Lake is a local favorite for watching the native wildlife, including Sitka black-tailed deer and the brown bears that feed on salmon running through the glacier-fed streams.
Shopping and dining in Angoon are limited to a single general store: The Angoon Trading Co., which offers snacks, sundries, gifts, and clothing.
Glacier Bay National Park, accessible from Angoon by floatplane or ferry, encompasses 3.3 million acres of inner Alaskan wilderness. Park activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and rafting, with mountain and glacier views throughout.
917 Killisnoo Rd Admiralty Island, Angoon, AK, Phone: 866-788-3344
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Hotel Spotlight: Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort
Situated within the grounds of Fairbanks’ Wedgewood Resort, Bear Lodge features a wildlife sanctuary, an auto museum, and quick access to downtown Fairbanks. Bear Lodge is ideal for family vacations, getaways with friends, or romantic trips.
With 157 guestrooms, Bear Lodge boasts homey décor, up-to-date amenities, and comfortable bedding. Each room contains a private balcony, a high-definition television, and a mini fridge. Guests can book the Single Queen or Double Queen rooms; each includes a sitting area, ironing board, and a coffee maker. For a better view, guests can also choose to book the Deluxe Corner Room, which includes large windows with a view of the resort.
ADA-accessible versions of both the Single Queen and Double Queen rooms are available. These offer wheelchair accessible showers, as well as TTY phones and alarms for deaf and hard-of-hearing guests.
The resort also offers:
- Free wireless Internet
- Computer access
- Board game rental
- Complimentary town shuttle
- Fitness center
Bear Lodge features multiple dining and beverage options for guests to enjoy during their stay.
As the lodge’s signature restaurant, the Golden Bear Restaurant serves comfort food with local and seasonal twists. Guests can enjoy salads, steaks, and fresh Alaskan seafood during the lunch and dinner service. Breakfast includes both a buffet and made-to-order entrees.
For light bar food, appetizers, and a drink, guests can head to the Bear’s Tale Lounge. This full-service bar serves local beers in a relaxed setting. After their meal, guests can even feel free to stay awhile to enjoy the large-screen television or computer station.
Guests can also visit Bear Lodge’s lobby shop, Bear Essentials. This shop features baked goods, coffee, and light snacks, as well as an espresso bar.
The Bear Lodge offers board and card game rentals for guests of the resort that families can enjoy.
Weddings, Reunions & Conference Facilities
Although Bear Lodge itself does not offer any event venues, guests of Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort can look to Wedgewood Resort’s facilities for any gathering.
Guests looking to book an event at the hotel will have a variety of available spaces from which to choose. Whether looking for a meeting space, classroom, or banquet hall, the resort offers close to 93,000 square feet of indoor space. These spaces are ideal for business meetings and weddings alike.
Each facility is outfitted with a variety of technological and audio-visual equipment, and catering from the chefs at the resort is available for any event.
Available facilities include the Taiga Center, the Gazebo Room and outdoor patio, and the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.
Couples can also make their wedding-day dreams come true when staying at the Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort. The resort offers a range of indoor venues that are perfect for weddings of any size and aesthetic, including the beautiful Borealis Ballroom. The resort supplies lodging for event attendees, culinary services, and ceremony coordination by resort staff.
The resort can accommodate events with up to 400 guests.
Things to Do Nearby
Located near the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, the Bear Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights, hike around the grounds, and observe the wild animals.
On the grounds, guests of the lodge can also visit the Alaska Activity Island for a local’s perspective on Alaska, or the Taiga Center for evening showings of movies made in or about Alaska. These spaces are located within the Wedgewood Resort.
Guests of the lodge can also enjoy visiting museums like the on-site Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, which includes a collection of cars from the twentieth-century. The Museum of the North is located on the University of Alaska – Fairbanks campus where guests can enjoy a look into the cultural and natural history of Alaska.
Bear Lodge even provides transportation to nearby Pioneer Park. Pioneer Park is a museum and theme park that includes restored structures from Fairbanks’ founding, a recreation of an Alaska Native village, and a railroad museum.
Guests of the lodge can also book gold panning tours, riverboat trips, dog sledding excursions, and viewings of the Northern Lights.
Downtown Fairbanks has a variety of restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses for visitors craving a night on the town. Guests can enjoy shopping at the Great Alaskan Bowl Company, which is one of the last bowl mills in the United States, or visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, which is located just outside of Fairbanks. Fairbanks also offers a 16-screen movie theater, arts festivals, and farmers markets.
352 Wedgewood Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99701, Phone: 907-452-1442
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More Hot Springs in Alaska
Hot springs in the state of Alaska are more plentiful than many people may expect. From the Southeast region of the state up through the Interior, and many places in between, visitors and local residents alike have many different hot springs to choose from for a relaxing place to unwind. The biggest problem people may have with the Alaska hot springs, however, is accessibility. As with many of the natural wonders of Alaska, they aren’t necessarily always easily accessible. While there are several off-the-beaten-path hot springs, there are a number that can be accessed with ease.
Chief Shakes Hot Springs
The Chief Shakes Hot Springs is a popular U.S Forest Service-operated hot springs in the state of Alaska. It’s a particularly popular spot among locals, especially on holidays and the weekends. Found in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness area near Wrangell, the day-use hot springs facility consists of an open-air hot tub and one sheltered tub, along with outhouses, benches, and dressing rooms. The Chief Shakes Hot Springs can be reached via a short trail located off of Hot Springs Slough. There are no overnight accommodations available at the springs, and visitors should try to come on a weekday if possible.
Stikine-LeConte Wilderness, Wrangell, AK 99929, Phone: 907-772-3841
Circle Hot Springs
The Circle Hot Springs, located around one hundred miles from Fairbanks in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, is an unincorporated community and hot springs area along Steese Highway. The hot springs are situated approximately eight miles off of Mile 127.8. In addition to being accessed by the highway, the springs can also be reached by plane from the Circle Hot Springs Airport. Surrounding the Circle Hot Springs is an area with a rich mining history that still retains a degree of folklore and mystery. These hot springs were discovered by prospector William Greats back in the year 1893.
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK 99730
Kanuti Hot Springs
A very remote hot springs area, the Kanuti Hot Springs can be found around twelve miles off of Mile 103 on the Dalton Highway. During the summer season, numerous visitors take the 14-mile float trip from the Dalton Highway crossing down the scenic Kanuti River, hiking back over the Caribou Mountain. Offering a memorable hot springs experience, reaching the Kanuti Hot Springs can be a true backcountry hiking adventure for those with excellent gear and backcountry experience. The geothermal hot springs reach temperatures of 110 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, with the cool water of the river nearby.
Dalton Highway, AK